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9 projects that will transform Spokane’s city center

Spokane is in the midst of major transformations, with $800 million in public and private investment pouring into the city’s downtown and nearby neighborhoods.


Bike routes criss-cross downtown

A series of designated bike routes have been established in downtown Spokane and are seeing increasing use.


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 10:50 a.m.

Downtown Spokane census shows many older, younger residents and few Gen Xers

Urban living often is portrayed as a young person’s game, but at 52, John Waite is a pretty typical downtown Spokane resident. Waite, the owner of Merlyn’s and Auntie’s Bookshop, …


City’s core a unique law enforcement challenge

Decades ago crime used to be such a problem in downtown Spokane that even new officers patrolling the beat have heard the horror stories. But a downtown precinct, special bar …


Doug Clark: Downtown may be hip, but it still needs cruising on Riverside Avenue

The decade of your prime acne cover-up years usually will determine what you called the phenomenon of motoring bumper-to-bumper through the downtown business core on Friday and Saturday nights.


Downtown Spokane offers much more than just bars, nightclubs

A closer look at downtown will reveal a few out-of-the-box options for a night on the town.


A brief history of Spokane’s downtown, through the decades:

1880s: In 1880, nobody called it “downtown.” It was just plain “town.” An 1884 “bird’s-eye-view” map shows that almost everyone in the fledgling city of Spokane Falls lived in what …


Downtown Spokane has long history of experimentation, controversy with parking

The Washington Supreme Court had to decide whether downtown Spokane would install parking meters back in the 1940s. Today, rates are competitive with other similar-size cities, but officials are calling …


Urban parking can be trouble, but jobs still draw thousands

Every morning, Amy McCoy commutes from her home in a quiet part of north Spokane to the downtown hair salon she opened three years ago with her husband Douglas. House …


Spokane history found on the sidewalk looking up

A series of heritage walking tours is available to folks interested in the history of downtown buildings.


Making old spaces new

When HDG Architecture outgrew its rented quarters, partners Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtado decided it was time to buy their own building in downtown Spokane. They wanted to create interesting …


Dodson’s Jewelers has weathered ups, downs of downtown Spokane for 130 years

When George R. Dodson opened a jewelry store on Riverside Avenue in 1887, Spokane was remote and scarcely populated. But soon came statehood, and customers, and competition.


Paul Turner: An article of faith

When I first moved to Spokane in early 1988, there was a big, fat tombstone right in the middle of downtown. It was called the Davenport Hotel. And it squatted …


Riverfront Park redesign continues a legacy of balance

Honoring the past and envisioning the future are two of the key goals decision-makers in the $64 million redesign of Riverfront Park are trying to achieve.


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

My Fresh Basket adds to downtown dwellers’ grocery options

While there are some options for getting groceries in downtown Spokane, many residents who live in the city’s core say they would like to see more within walking distance.


Downtown Spokane is rich with historic buildings. Here are the top 12.

There are so many historic buildings in downtown Spokane that it’s hard to choose the best ones.


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Here are the 5 best rooftops in Spokane city center

It’s easy to see why property developers are taking an interest in shaping the way people see downtown Spokane’s skyline. Not necessarily by one-upping each other with taller spires of …


Shawn Vestal: 31 ideas to make downtown Spokane even better

In recent years, there’s been a lot of deservedly happy talk about what’s been added downtown. From Huntington Park to the Grand Hotel, from West Main to East Sprague, Spokane’s …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

Downtown dining diversifies

It’s an elegant space, done in gray, black and white, with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and an open kitchen. There’s a new menu every month or so, and its …


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Spokane River recreation offers fun, beauty

The Spokane River provides a steady flow of distinction to downtown Spokane, and a healthy splash of fun. Few cities can claim a natural asset that puts the business district …


Demand growing in downtown Spokane for apartments, condos

Demand for downtown housing in Spokane had led to construction hundreds of new units, from 250-square-foot studios to luxury penthouse condos.


Spokane has transformed from a gritty railroad town to a hub for young professionals, health science students

Once upon a time there was a gritty little railroad town. Next to the switching yards where locomotives chuffed and cinders flew, its downtown had a nice department store where …